Trotac Marine, the name combines Trolling and Tackle, has a deep and storied marine history on Vancouver Island. And owner Campbell Thomson, a well-known character on these salty shores, is ever smiling, deeply respected and with a prodigious memory.


Pacific Yachting’s February issue has writer Marianne Scott interview Campbell, learning more about him than any of us knew. Starting fresh from high school, Campbell worked alongside his father Pete, who started the family business in 1972. Now the third generation is taking the lines, with Jessalyn and Ben doing as their father has done.

Two faces familiar in the fraternity of racing work with Trotac; Alex Fox as the sailing and rigging specialist and Liane Kern leading the company’s marketing and promotion.

Trotac has continuously sponsored Swiftsure International Yacht Race through the decades.